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Abu Dhabi’s August: Three Dazzling Moon Events

August is expected to be an exciting month for astronomy enthusiasts in Abu Dhabi, with three spectacular lunar events on the horizon. The first of two supermoons in August graced the world’s skies on Tuesday, 1st August. A supermoon is broadly defined as a full moon that is closer to the Earth than usual, making it appear slightly brighter and bigger in the sky.

This phenomenon occurs when a Full Moon aligns with the Moon’s nearest point to Earth in its orbit, known as perigee, resulting in a Moon that appears larger and brighter than usual. Traditionally known as the “sturgeon moon” due to the abundance of that fish in the Great Lakes in August hundreds of years ago, the August full moon has a special significance according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. On Wednesday, 16th August, observers can expect to see a New Micromoon.

A Trio of Mesmerizing Moon Events to Illuminate Abu Dhabi’s Skies

Tuesday’s supermoon will be followed by another on the night of August 30th, making it a “blue moon” because it will be the second full moon in the same month. The phenomenon occurs when the New Moon, which is the phase when the Moon is not illuminated from Earth’s perspective, is at its farthest point from Earth, known as apogee. The last time two full supermoons were seen in the same month was in 2018, and they are not expected to happen again until 2037.

Abu Dhabi's August: Three Dazzling Moon Events

The Micromoon on 16th August will be invisible due to its lack of illumination, even when viewed through a telescope or binoculars. The first supermoon of this year occurred in July, and the last one will be in September. The two supermoons in August will be closer than either of those.

Abu Dhabi to Witness Three Breathtaking Lunar Phenomena This Month

Lastly, the month ends with a Blue Moon on Thursday, 31st August. A “Blue Moon” refers to the second Full Moon in a single calendar month, and this one will also be a Supermoon, similar to the spectacle at the beginning of August. Occupants of a cable car moving towards the San Agustin neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, will have an unobstructed view of the supermoon.

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